MGU Vice-Chancellor Post:Governor Conducts Hearing
By Express News Service | Published: 26th January 2014 08:54 AM |
Governor Nikhil Kumar, who is the Chancellor of universities in the state, on Saturday conducted a hearing in a case relating to the alleged misrepresentation of credentials by Mahatma Gandhi University Vice-Chancellor A V George during his selection to the post. The government had earlier asked the Governor to initiate “necessary action” for nullifying the appointment of George, citing that his selection procedure was “ab-initio void”.
According to a report by Chief Secretary E K Bharat Bhushan, which was based on an inquiry conducted by Additional Chief Secretary (Higher Education) K M Abraham, George had “wrongly stated” in his bio-data that he was the head of the department of Environmental Science at the Central University in Kasaragod. The inquiry had found that George did this with a “malafide intention”.
According to sources in the Raj Bhavan, the hearing lasted for over three hours during which the Governor listened to the versions of George, Additional Chief Secretary K M Abraham, who represented the government, and also of petitioner T K Sajeev, a former member of the MGU senate.
“The Governor concluded the hearing by saying that a decision would be arrived at after carefully examining the versions of all parties concerned,” sources said.
Emerging out of the Raj Bhavan, A V George exuded confidence that he would continue as the Vice-Chancellor. “The Governor maintained an impartial stance throughout the hearing. I am hopeful of a favourable order,” he said.
Speaking to Express later, George said he was working as the Head of the Department of Environmental Science at the Central University, Kasaragod when the selection procedure for MGU Vice-Chancellor had begun.
“By the time the search committee invited applications for the post, I had returned to my parent institution Christ College, Irinjalakkuda, on superannuation to avail of pension benefits. This fact was clearly mentioned in the bio-data submitted later,” George said.
The controversy over George’s teaching experience was also discussed during the hearing. The Chief Secretary’s report to the Governor had stated that George had not served for 10 years as Professor in a University- an eligibility criteria for selection to the Vice-Chancellor’s post as per UGC norms. “The Higher Education secretary clarified before the Chancellor during the hearing that the MG University Act, 1985 and not UGC norms are applicable for selection to the post of Vice-Chancellor. This means that the norm of 10 years’ professorship is not applicable in my case,” George said.